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Postgraduate taught courses in Health Economics

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University of Aberdeen

MSc in Economics of Health

Contact details:
Dr Marjon van der Pol – Course Director
Health Economics Research Unit, University of Aberdeen, Foresterhill, Aberdeen AB25 2ZD

Target audience:
This MSc programme is aimed at students who wish to pursue a career as a professional health economist or who wish to undertake a PhD in health economics.  It is aimed at students with a background in economics.  Students without a background in economics but with strong quantitative skills are also encouraged to apply.

Information about fees (if appropriate):

  • UK/EU: £3,400
  • International: £11,000

There are Economics of Health studentships available.

What makes your course distinct from other courses available in the UK?
Health economics is typically applied in multidisciplinary settings. This is reflected within the course providing students with health economics skills alongside generic economic and health service research skills.  The course builds on HERU’s recognised areas of expertise including preference elicitation (contingent valuation and discrete choice experiments) and economics of the health workforce.

Duration:
12 months full time

Course description:
See website for more details

University of Birmingham

MSc in Health Economics and Health Policy

Contact details:
Professor Tracy Roberts – Course Director
Ms Helen Evans – Unit Manager
Health Economics Unit, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT
 
Target audience:
People currently working in the health care sector (in both public and private sectors, including the pharmaceutical industry) who wish to improve their understanding of skills in health economics; and graduates who wish to pursue a career in health economics and/or health services research.
 
2011/12 course fees
UK/EU students

MSc - £4650 / PGDip £3100 (plus living expenses/hotel costs)
Non UK/EU students
£12,330 (plus living expenses/hotel costs)
 
What makes your course distinct from other courses available in the UK?   
Benefits of doing this course:
  • brings together professionals from a vast array of work environments, locations and backgrounds offering the benefit of knowledge and experience sharing
  • does not ask for an economics first degree
  • has a wide variety of module options creating a flexible degree to suit your needs
  • offers modules on a block basis (3 or 5 days) making it easier for you and your employers to manage your study leave
Duration:
12 months full time; 24 months part time; the programme is delivered via block sessions of 3 or 5 days.
 
Course description:
The programme provides an introduction to the central issues in health economics and health policy involved in the management of primary health care. See website for more details.

 

City University, London

MSc in Health Economics

Contact details:
Professor Mireia Jofre-Bonet – Course Director
City University London, Northampton Square, London, EC1V 0HB

Target audience:
This course aims to provide an understanding of the economic context within which economic evaluation takes place, familiarise students with key economic issues confronting health systems and provide students with the tools and methods to analyse the economic causes and implications of health care issues.  This course is aimed at students that have an economics background as it requires taking the Econometrics and Microeconomics modules.

Information about fees (if appropriate):

  • Full-time EU: £8,600
  • Part-time EU: £4,700
  • Full-time Non EU: £11,800
  • Part-time Non EU: £6,500

There 4 NHIR studentships available for the Health Economics MSc and sponsorships by various firms for the Economic Evaluation MSc.

What makes your course distinct from other courses available in the UK?
The health economics course provides the students with a deep understanding of the economic issues embedded in the health care sector and the tools – theoretically and econometrically – to analyse those issues. Also, it provides economic evaluation training.

Duration:
12 months full time; 24 months part time

Course description:
See website for more details

MSc in Economic Evaluation in Health Care

Contact details:
Professor Mireia Jofre-Bonet – Course Director
City University London, Northampton Square, London, EC1V 0HB

Target audience:
This course is designed to provide economic evaluation skills applied to the health care sector. The course offers training both in the conceptual bases for economic evaluation and in advanced quantitative methods relevant to healthcare decision-making at a level that is adequate for both economists and non-economists.

Information about fees (if appropriate):

Full-time EU: £8,600
Part-time EU: £4,700
Full-time Non EU: £11,800
Part-time Non EU: £6,500

There 4 NHIR studentships available for the Health Economics MSc and sponsorships by various firms for the Economic Evaluation MSc.

What makes your course distinct from other courses available in the UK?
The Economic Evaluation course provides student with a sound understanding of economic evaluation applied to health care interventions and the necessary modelling skills to perform economic evaluation studies.

Duration: 12 months full time; 24 months part time

Course description:
See website for more details

 

University College Cork, Ireland

Postgraduate Diploma in Health Economics Practice

Contact details:
Dr Ann Kirby or Dr Brian Turner – Course Directors
Graduate Studies Office, 2nd Floor, West Wing, University College Cork, Cork

Target audience:

The aim of the programme is to enhance decision making in the health care sector, through the translation of relevant economic skills, techniques, thinking and understanding to the health care sector. The programme facilitates learning and application of conceptual, theoretical and empirical tools for economic decision making in the financing, allocation and delivery of health care. The programme content, delivery and assessment is practice based involving live cases and field work in the health care sector.

Information about fees (if appropriate):

EU Fees: The Irish/EU tuition fee level for this postgraduate programme for 2011/2012 (1 year full-time) is €6,110.00. There is also a part-time (by day) option for this programme and the course fee is half the full-time fee in the particular year of study

Non-EU Fees: €16,930.00 for 2011/2012. Fees for 2012/2013 will be set in March 2012.
 

What makes your course distinct from other courses available in the UK?
See website for more details

Duration:
12 months full time

Course description:
See website for more details

University of East Anglia

MSc/PGDip/PGCert in Health Economics

Contact details:
Professor Ruth Hancock – Professor in the Economics of Health and Welfare MED 2.20, Health Economics Group, University of East Anglia, Earlham Road, Norwich NR4 7TJ
 
Target audience:
Economics undergraduates, health professionals and others interested in a career in health economics
 
Information about fees (if appropriate):
Fees for the academic year 2015/2016 are (see website for more details):
  • UK/EU Students: £6,000
  • International Students: £12,900
What makes your course distinct from other courses available in the UK?   
  • Health economics has been taught at postgraduate level in various formats since the mid-1990’s at UEA.
  • Flexible choice of modules to reflect a student’s prior learning
  • The course has established links with the School of Economics (ECO), one of the top six economics Departments in the UK, and School of International Development (DEV), awarded a Queen's anniversary prize, in the Faculty of Social Sciences (interdisciplinarity is a major strength at UEA) who provide several of the core and optional modules on the MSc/PGDip.
  • Students are encouraged to attend the regular HEG research seminar series and an annual careers event.
Duration:
12 months full time; 36 months part time
 
Course description:
See website for more details
 

 

Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London

MSc in Mental Health Service & Population Research

Contact details:
Paul McCrone - Professor of Health Economics
Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London, Centre for the Economics of Mental Health
PO24 David Goldberg Centre, De Crespigny Park, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 8AF
 
Target audience:
Our students come from a wide variety of health, social care and academic backgrounds, creating a diverse and stimulating learning environment. Alumni pursue careers as senior clinicians and service managers, academic researchers and policy makers. The programme provides excellent preparation for undertaking a PhD or clinical psychology training; we actively encourage suitable students to pursue Doctoral studies.
 
Information about fees (if appropriate):
Fees for 2011 are:
FT Home/EU: £6,150; FT Overseas: £19,610
PT Home/EU: £3,075; PT Overseas: £N/A
 
What makes your course distinct from other courses available in the UK?   
 
Duration:
12 months full time; 24 months part time
 
Course description:
This is a foundation module in epidemiological, statistical and social research methods and theory, followed by the opportunity to specialise in particular disciplines, for example- qualitative methods, systematic review, global mental health, economic evaluation, advanced statistical methods. The module is based in the Health Service and Population Research Department, and the target audience is clinicians, social science and psychology graduates wanting to gain a comprehensive theoretical and practical research skills.
 

University of Leeds

Master level modules: Health Economics Module & Advanced Methods in Health Economics

Contact details:
Dr Claire Hulme - Senior Lecturer and Director
Academic Unit of Health Economics (AUHE), University of Leeds, Charles Thackrah,
101 Clarendon Road, Leeds, LS2 9LJ
 
Target audience:
These two modules are available in the following MSc programmes: Public Health; Health Research Skills; Health Informatics
 
Information about fees (if appropriate):
Both these modules are also available as standalone courses at a cost of £660 each.
 
What makes your course distinct from other courses available in the UK?   
 
Duration:
 
Course description:
The aim of the Health Economic module is to provide an introduction to health economics and its application. No previous experience or knowledge of either economics or health economics is needed. The module is suitable for NHS staff, researchers within other applied health disciplines and economists.
The aim of the Advanced Methods in Health Economics module is to provide knowledge and understanding of the methods used in health economics to measure and value health and to evaluate health care interventions. The module is suitable for NHS staff, researchers within other applied health disciplines and economists. Some previous knowledge or experience of health economics is highly recommended (e.g. Drummond et al, Methods for the Economic Evaluation of Health Care Programmes), as is competency with Microsoft Excel.

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

MSc in Public Health (Health Economics stream)

Contact details:
Nadia Chan - Student Recruitment Officer
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, London, WC1E 7HT
 
Target audience:
Candidates looking for a postgraduate qualification wishing to study in London or via Distance Learning.
 
Information about fees (if appropriate):
 
What makes your course distinct from other courses available in the UK?   
 
Duration:
12 months full time; 24 months part time
 
Course description:
See website for more details or click here for an overview

 

University of Manchester

MSc Economics (Economics of Health)

Contact details:
Dr Eleonora Fichera or Dr William Whittaker - Course Directors
School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester, Oxford Rd, Manchester, M13 9PL
 
Target audience:
UK 2:1 (or overseas equivalent) in economics/econometrics or a related subject
 
Information about fees (if appropriate):
To be announced
 
What makes your course distinct from other courses available in the UK?   
 
Duration:
12 months full time; 24 months part time
 
Course description:

ECON60432: Topics in Economics of Health 

ECON60441: Economics of Health

See website for more details
 

National University of Ireland, Galway

MSc in Economics (Health Economics)

Contact details:
Professor Ciaran O’Neill – Course Director
Cairns School of Business and Economics, NUI Galway, Galway, Republic of Ireland
 
Target audience:
Individuals recruited to the masters course typically come from an undergraduate economics background though some students have come from the pharmaceutical sector and others from a clinical and laboratory background avail of individual modules.
 
Information about fees (if appropriate):
See website
 
What makes your course distinct from other courses available in the UK?   
The health economics team comprises several full time faculty members, including professorial staff, a range of postdoctoral students working across diverse areas as well as approximately 8 PhD students. The group have well established links with the medical school, with the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology and with researchers throughout Ireland and internationally.
 
Duration:
12 months full time
 
Course description:
See website for more details

 

University of Oxford

Postgraduate optional module in health economics as part of the MSc in Global Health Sciences

Contact details:
Alison Gater – Administrator
Health Economics Research Centre, Department of Public Health, University of Oxford, Old Road Campus, Headington, Oxford OX3 7LF

 

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

MSc programmes in International Health, Health Systems and Human Resources for Health include as core or optional, a module on health economics

Contact details:
Janice Burr - Institute Officer

Institute for International Health and Development, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Musselburgh, EH21 6UU

Target audience:

Information about fees (if appropriate):
See website

What makes your course distinct from other courses available in the UK?

Course description:
See website for more details

 

University of Sheffield

MSc Economics and Health Economics

Contact details:
Aki Tsuchiya – Course Director and Professor of Health Economics
Department of Economics, University of Sheffield, 9 Mappin Street, Sheffield, S1 4DT
 
Target audience:
Those with a 2:1 or above in UG Economics or related subject

Information about fees (if appropriate):
£4400 (FT/Home for 2011/12)

What makes your course distinct from other courses available in the UK?   
This MSc programme has run jointly with the School of Health and Related Research at the University of Sheffield for 8 years. It is aimed at students who wish to pursue careers as applied economists in the health sector and at those who wish to continue with academic research. It has 4 NIHR studentships (home/FT) per annum.
 
Duration:
12 months full time; 24 months part time
 
Course description:
See website for more details
 
 

MSc in Health Economics and Decision Modelling

Contact details:
Dr Phil Shackley – Course Director
School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), University of Sheffield, Regent Court, 30 Regent Street, Sheffield, S1 4DA
 
Target audience:
Those with a 2.1 undergraduate degree from a recognised university in a numerate subject such as: Economics, Operational Research, Mathematics, Statistics, Industrial Engineering, Management Science, Physics, Systems Control, etc. Candidates with good academic degrees in other disciplines and a substantial record of using mathematical / statistical / economic / quantitative skills will also be eligible dependent on a demonstrable experience.
 
Information about fees (if appropriate):
Home/EU: £4,200
Overseas: £15,100
 
What makes your course distinct from other courses available in the UK?   
MSc Health Economics and Decision Modelling aims to equip students with a professional level analytical skill base in health economics and health economic modelling required to evaluate and improve the efficiency of health care systems and services for which they have responsibility. It provides students with an in-depth understanding of the current state of the art of the health economics and modelling methods necessary to support and inform evidence based health care decision problems, as well as providing a firm grounding for those students wishing to pursue research degrees in health economics and health economic modelling. The course bridges the gap between traditional health economics and the underlying theory and application of health economic decision modelling to inform health care resource allocation decisions, which, to our knowledge, makes it unique in the UK.
 
Duration:
12 months full time; 24 months part time
 
Course description:
See website for more details
 
 
 

MSc / Diploma / Certificate in International Health Technology Assessment, Pricing and Reimbursement

Contact details:
Professor Ron Akehurst, Dr Chris Carroll – Course Directors
School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), University of Sheffield, Regent Court, 30 Regent Street, Sheffield, S1 4DA
 
Target audience:
Those working in the pharmaceutical, medical devices or diagnostics industries worldwide, or those involved in health technology policy formulation and commissioning, or purchasing of health technologies for governments or health services throughout the world. Relevant students may already be a specialist in some area of HTA, such as health economics, cost-effectiveness modelling, trial management or evidence synthesis, and may be looking to develop generalist skills by gaining a thorough, critical understanding of other aspects of the process. Alternatively, they may have a specialist background in other areas, e.g. epidemiology, pharmacology, clinical medicine, marketing or other disciplines, but are seeking to develop seeking to develop a more in-depth understanding of specific fields and processes. The scale of the programme, and the various accredited options, from a full Masters to single modules, satisfies both sets of needs and everything in between.
 
Information about fees (if appropriate):
£15,100 (MSc); 2-3 years; payable over 2 years
£11,000 (Diploma); 2 years; payable over 2 years
£7,000 (Certificate); 1 year; payable at start of course
£2,500 for a single accredited module
 
What makes your course distinct from other courses available in the UK?   
This MSc is the only international graduate programme offering the entire range of knowledge and skills needed by those developing health technologies for market, or involved in commissioning or evaluating health technologies. Being part-time, and using innovative, online, distance learning materials, the programme is suited to those with busy work commitments in these fields. The programme is highly flexible: The MSc and Diploma each has 5 “core” compulsory modules, but the remaining 3-5 modules are optional. The combination and choice of modules for all other accredited qualifications from the programme (Certificate and single modules) is completely up to the student. The only similar postgraduate courses focus specifically on only one or two aspects of HTA, such as HE or Decision-modelling, or consider HTA only in the form of short, residential courses. This programme offers a depth and breadth unavailable elsewhere. Also, being online, there are no travel, residence or visa requirements for international students.
 
Duration:
Part-time distance learning (by online learning). See website for more details
 
Course description:
See website for more details
 

Swansea University

Postgraduate optional module: Economic Evaluation in Health Care

Contact details:
Dr Deb Fitzsimmons – Reader
Swansea Centre for Health Economics, College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University, Swansea, SA2 8PP.
Tel: +44 (0)1792 602226; E-mail: D.Fitzsimmons@swansea.ac.uk

Target audience:
The module is relevant for anyone working within the field of healthcare (e.g. managers, practioners, policy makers) who needs to understand, use, review or commission economic evaluations.

Information about fees (if appropriate):
See www.swan.ac.uk/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/fees/ for the most up-to-date information on tuition fees for postgraduate study, or contact our Admissions Team on 01792 518531 or chhsadmissions@swansea.ac.uk.

What makes your module distinct from other courses available in the UK?
We offer the benefits of:

  • Access to SCHE staff with specialist academic expertise balanced with a real-world understanding of the environment into which health economics is applied;
  • Networking with others  from a diverse range of  health care backgrounds from Wales, UK and Overseas;
  • Successful track record in health economics teaching at postgraduate level;
  • Excellent collaborative links with NHS, Welsh Government, and industry;
  • One- to-one supervision and support from a member of SCHE staff throughout the module;
  • Support to develop ideas for future study and research including PhD and professional doctorate opportunities;
  • Opportunity to join in with SCHE activities, College seminars and other University research events.

Duration:
See website

Course description:
This 15 credit M level module will provide a comprehensive introduction to health care financing, health technology assessment, the principles, methods and application of outcomes research and economic evaluation within health care.

This is an optional module as part of the MSc Health Care Management or can be accessed as a stand-alone module.

 

University of York

Health Economics for Health Care Professionals Postgraduate (PG) Certificate & PG Diploma

Contact details:
Dr Martin Forster – Course Director
Distance Learning Programmes in Health Economics, Department of Economics and Related Studies, University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD
 
Target audience:
 
Information about fees (if appropriate):
Fees for entry in Autumn 2011:
Postgraduate Certificate £4,200 (standard fee); £3,600 (discounted fee)
Postgraduate Diploma £7,800 (standard fee); £7,200 (discounted fee)
 
What makes your course distinct from other courses available in the UK?   
Department of Economics and Related Studies, Centre for Health Economics and York Health Economics Consortium have a long and well-tested history of providing economic evaluation training to professionals in the health care sector. To our knowledge, no other programmes offer the same course content and few distance learning programmes exist in this field.
 
Duration:
12 months full time; 24 months part time
 
Course description:
See website for more details

 

MSc in Health Economics

Contact details:
Professor Luigi Siciliani - Programme Director MSc Health Economics
Department of Economics, University of York, York, YO10 5DD

Target audience:
Minimum entry requirement is the equivalent of an upper second class degree in economics, or other relevant discipline. However many students have other qualifications, including medicine, pharmacy, and nursing.

Information about fees (if appropriate):
Academic year 2011-12
Home/EU Students £4,200
Overseas Students £12,000
Fees for academic year 2012-13 still to be determined.

What makes your course distinct from other courses available in the UK?
MSc students work alongside a large group of health economists and health service researchers. The Department of Economics and Related Studies and the Institute for Research in Social Sciences are internationally recognised centres of excellence in Health Economics. There are around 50 research staff in the Centre for Health Economics and the York Health Economics Consortium.

We also offer significant support in the form of the Health Economics Resource Centre (HERC) which provides a suite of rooms that combine the teaching materials, computing facilities, information resources, and secretarial support used in the full range of health economics training programmes offered by the department. The principle aim of the resource centre is to provide readily available facilities for private study and research, forming a base for students attending the MSc in Health Economics and for the group of doctoral students in health economics.

Course description:
The MSc in Health Economics has been running since 1978 and the course has been attended by over 700 British and Overseas students. It provides a comprehensive training in the theory and practice of Health Economics and gives students the experience and skills needed for research and health service decision-making. Graduates go on to work in government departments, research units, universities, national health services and health care organisations, and the pharmaceutical industry.


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